Thursday, December 14, 2017

No Matter How You Spell It...

Happy Hannukkah/Chanukah!

The not-so traditional sufganiyot -- doughnuts -- from my favorite Breads Bakery.
 
 
On Tuesday, December 12 -- the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar - Chanukah began. Chanukah means dedication and this festive holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over Syria. The Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated and there was only enough oil to light the menorah for one day. Miraculously the oil burned for eight days.
 
There are two traditional foods for Chanukah and both involve oil. One is sufganiyot -- traditionally powdered jelly doughnuts -- but my favorite bakery put a modern spin on their holiday treats and the chocolate sufganiyot is filled with nutella. It was unexpected, but delicious.
 

The first night of Chanukah
 
On the first night of Chanukah one candle is lit and on each successive night an additional candle is added. On the last night all eight candles are lit. The candle in the center of the menorah, in a less conventional design, is called the "shammas" or helper candle. It is lit first and is used to light the other candles. On the left is the second traditional food, Latkes, potato pancakes. These were thin, crispy, delicious and worth every calorie.   
 
It's been a lovely time of celebration -- friends, food, prayer and the traditional songs of Chanukah.
So grateful for this festival that is a celebration of light. 
 
As ever, thanks for visiting and wishing you joy, light and miracles.
 
 
 
 
 



11 comments:

Terra said...

Happy Chanukah dear Carol, now light a candle and enjoy a sweet treat in honor of the holiday.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Beautiful traditions, sacred customs, and goood food make this season the loveliest time of the year. Happy Chanukah and may you enjoy its many blessings.

Lynda said...

There are so many miracles in our Christian History. It gives us so much more to be thankful to celebrate during this wonderful Christmas season! Biblical History is soooo rich. We all have a blessed heritage for sure. Hope you are enjoying your celebrations!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've often wondered about the spellings. Happy Hanukkah to you ! Food is such a great part of celebration isn't it . Every one seems to out do themselves this time of year and I know I gain a few extra pounds ! The best part is sharing it all with our family and friends!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

A beautiful celebration of light! Enjoy your week my friend. Hugs!

Chatty Crone said...

Have a blessed Chanukah season! sandie

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I had never seen a more modern menorah. And the food is making me hungry! In a way, we both are celebrating the Light this season.
You are always welcome in Caneyhead!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Lovely celebration foods that look delicious. Best wishes to you this holiday season!

Mevely317 said...

Happy Chanukah, Carol!
I'm so taken with this particular menorah. I believe you, too, are a shamma. Thank you for sharing your light!

Deanna Rabe said...

Happy Hannukkah!

TARYTERRE said...

Happy Chanukah. the food looks yummy.